The 2012 Election Platform for Charlestown

The Charlestown Citizens Alliance* (CCA) is committed to enhancing the overall quality of life for all Charlestown residents. We believe that sound fiscal management, responsible economic development, wise stewardship of our natural resources, and accountable, ethical leadership are essential to sustaining the vitality of our town. To accomplish this, CCA has endorsed candidates committed to the following goals:

Fiscal Responsibility
CCA-endorsed candidates are committed to keeping our tax rate as one of the lowest in the state. At a time when financial resources are limited, we will promote an entrepreneurial spirit through town leadership and management to capture funds that will support fiscal projects and activities that fit with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.

Responsible Development
CCA realizes that growth and development are linked to our town’s overall vitality. There is a strong connection between natural resource protection and our low tax rate that we seek to maintain. Accordingly, CCA-endorsed candidates will pursue economic opportunities that secure our tax base and align with the town’s overall Comprehensive Plan and environmental priorities.

Preservation of Our Natural Environment
CCA-endorsed candidates recognize the important relationship between our environment and our quality of life. We will work collaboratively with town residents, businesses, and local, state and federal agencies to protect our invaluable natural resources.

Accountable and Ethical Leadership
CCA has endorsed candidates who are committed to town governance that is open, honest and responsible. All deliberations will be conducted in a forum characterized by civility and mutual respect.

Continue to Oppose Any Type of Gaming Halls, Including Casinos
CCA-endorsed candidates will continue to support the federal laws and the Supreme Court decision that prevent a casino or other unregulated development on tribal lands. Along with that effort comes the responsibility to treat the Narragansett Tribe as we wish to be treated. CCA candidates pledge to assure enforcement of existing zoning and oppose intense or other inappropriate land use near tribal land.

*CCA is not affiliated with any political party. We are made up of Democrats, Republicans, Moderates, and Independents. What we share in common is a dedication to civil and open government, and a passion for preserving and protecting those assets that make Charlestown such a unique and treasured place to live.

Short biographies of the 2012 CCA endorsed candidates can be found at our website. We’ll have a longer biography for each candidate in the next few days. All of the candidates we have endorsed are running as Independents and have no ties to local political parties.